Box art for Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

drama, romance

Tyler Perry stars as a successful and wealthy businessman who has always done what's expected of him...until he meets a single mother who inspires him to live the life he's always wanted.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Message movie lacks humor to draw in teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that as with any Tyler Perry movie, Good Deeds explores themes of family, class, and what it means to follow your dreams. There's some sexuality (a few kisses, one brief love scene that focuses on the couple's faces) and strong language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch," etc.). Violence is limited to a skirmish between two brothers (one is left whimpering on the floor) and one near-attack in a homeless shelter. Perry's films tend to focus on grander messages about the nature of a happy and fulfilled life, and this one is no exception.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Good Deeds' messages about family and fulfillment. Wesley's life seemed perfect, but he wasn't happy -- why? Teens: How can you balance honoring your parents and following your dreams?
  • Those familiar with Perry's other films can talk about the enduring popularity of his movies. Which do you enjoy more -- his dramas or his comedies, and why?
  • Perry's movies have been compared to morality plays. How do their overt messages -- to be honest, hardworking, faithful, etc. -- impact the film's entertainment value?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Far more interesting in the context of his filmography than it is to actually watch.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, February 24, 2012

Rotten: There aren't a lot of laughs in "Good Deeds," and it could have used more of them.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Friday, February 24, 2012

Rotten: Good Deeds honors goodness, which isn't at all a bad thing, and it's not without moments of genuine feeling. But by the film's end, after watching a seemingly infinite number of dour close-ups of sober self-evaluation, I felt bludgeoned.

- David DeWitt, New York Times, Friday, February 24, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Tyler Perry does it again. Clearly a movie focused on the covert examination of class divisions within the African-American community in San Francisco, "Good Deeds" is a MUST SEE! I tell you ... the more I watch his non-Ma'Dea films, the more I am starting to see he is not only a GREAT film maker but an outstanding actor, as well. I liked the fact that it was just the right length, for mMany directors would have tried to shave off 30 minutes ... but not Tyler ... he truly knows how to fully develop his characters and in this particular film ... he almost yanked a tear out of me twice. This film is deserving of 4 stars out of 5.

- tedricol, Sunday, March 31, 2013

4 stars

Great movie....Classic Tyler Perry movie/plot...very well done....I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who in the mood for a feel good movie...I love Tyler Perry!!

- fb1292158502, Sunday, February 3, 2013

3 stars

Pretty predictable...but it was a good cast and it had a few turns I didn't expect. I really was just waiting for the ending I knew was going to happen anyway....

- Sakunelaj, Wednesday, September 4, 2013